08/19/2016 8:11PM

The Meadows: Callahan captures a pair of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes wins

Chris Gooden
Black Broadway picked a great time for her first win of 2016

Driver Corey Callahan piloted Lookin Sharp and Black Broadway to victories in two of the three Pennsylvania Sire stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday evening at The Meadows.  Miss Tezsla, driven by David Miller, took the other split.

The most surprising result of the day came in the final $53,011 section when 20-1 shot Black Broadway and Callahan chased down 1-5 favorite Broadway Donna to win in 1:53 1/5, which gave the winner a new lifetime mark.  The latter had moved from fourth to first prior to the 56 second half, and continued to lead at the 1:24 3/5 three-quarters and into the stretch.  However, Callahan angled Black Broadway out of the third position for the drive, and behind a 28 second final kicker, she would pass Broadway Donna and open up to win by 2 3/4 lengths.  Spicedbourbongirl (Jeff Gregory) finished third.

Trainer Michael Eaton also co-owns Black Broadway, a daughter of Broadway Hall, with Robert McHugh.  This was her third career victory, but her first this year, and she has now earned $80,433.  She returned $42.60 for the upset.

“I got excited when I saw Corey pull her,” Eaton said. “I figured that meant she had enough trot. She gets better and better.”

Back in the second $53,411 flight, Callahan had guided race favorite Lookin Sharp to a 1:55 2/5 tally.  She tracked Kathy Parker (Yannick Gingras) from the pocket through fractions of 28, 58, and 1:26 4/5, then angled out and took over the lead in the stretch.  From there she would draw clear, reaching the finish line two lengths to the good over Haughty (Tony Hall).  Kathy Parker faded to third.

“She’s definitely improved,” Callahan said. “She won her first start here this year, then had a couple bad goes. But she’s always shown a lot of talent, and today she got the right trip.”

John Butenschoen trains Lookin Sharp, a filly by Andover Hall, for owners William Wiswell and M and L of Delaware Inc.  Lookin Sharp is now a six-time winner in her life, and she has banked $242,913.  Sent off at 5-2, she paid $7.20 to win.

Miss Tezsla also won as the public choice in the opening $53,011 event.  She watched from third as Womans Will (Andy Miller) showed the way through panels of 27 2/5, 56 4/5, and 1:25 1/5, then rallied by the pacesetter and pocket-sitter Goodtogo Hanover (Brian Zendt) to win by a length and a half in 1:53 3/5.  Goodtogo Hanover checked in second, ahead of Womans Will.

The winner is a daughter of Andover Hall trained by Jimmy Takter for owner Miss Tezsla Stable.  She made her seventh appearance in the winner's circle and ran her bankroll to $167,865.  Dispatched at 9-5, she returned $5.60 for the victory.

“Her last few starts show she’s on the way up,” said Takter. “I trained her mother — she was a really good filly for me. That was a good mile tonight.”

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--